23 June, 2023
Following an investigation into breaches by the NCAA’s Independent Accountability Resolution Panel (IARP), LSU has revoked all of its football victories from 2012 through 2015.
Due to the fact that former offensive lineman Vadal Alexander was ineligible for his entire college career, the Tigers are forfeiting 37 victories, including two bowl games.
Les Miles is no longer eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame since LSU vacated 37 victories during the Les Miles era. Miles had a 145-73 (.665) record in his role as head coach before the suspension. He currently has a 108-73 (.597) official record. To be eligible for inclusion into the CFB Hall of Fame, candidates must have a minimum lifetime win percentage of.600. Miles recently served as the head coach at Kansas during the 2019–2020 season before being fired over claims of inappropriate behavior during his time at LSU.
LSU self-imposed the sanction back in 2022, but it remained secret until the decision was become official on Thursday. LSU also made voluntary cuts to its scholarship program, dropping two basketball scholarships for men and eight football scholarships.
Alexander was rejected because John Paul Funes, the previous head of the Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, gave his father $180,150 in embezzled money. After being charged with embezzlement for allegedly abusing about $800,000 from the Our Lady of the Lake hospital system’s fundraising mechanism, Funes entered a guilty plea in 2019.
Funes offered Alexander’s father a position at the foundation and his mother a job at an OLOL hospital. The occurrence qualified as a Level I infraction.
The NCAA also penalized former LSU student Odell Beckham by imposing a two-year restriction on his access to Tigers facilities for his cash distribution at the 2020 national championship game.
Due to recruiting breaches by former offensive line coach James Cregg, LSU football is currently on probation. Due to the IARP decision, the program will be placed on probation for a further three years beginning in September. IARP makes all final decisions.
Due to the IARP decision, LSU men’s basketball will also undergo a three-year probationary period. Will Wade, the current head coach at McNeese State and the former head coach of the men’s basketball team at LSU, was also given a 10-game suspension and a two-year show-cause order.
“We are pleased that our current men’s basketball student-athletes will not be punished for the acts of others and that the Independent Resolution Panel accepted our self-imposed penalties for football,” LSU president William Tate IV and athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement. “We are grateful to the members of the panel for their time and fairness. LSU is now moving forward along with our passionate fans supporting our current coaches and student-athletes in both men’s basketball and football.”